Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' The Cold Blood '

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Jaswanth Sai Pyneni
Mrs. Jiminez
AP American Literature Language and Composition
3 August 2012
In Cold Blood
1. Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. NY: Modern Library, 1965
2. Postmodernist Crime Nonfiction
3. In “In Cold Blood”(1965), a nonfiction novel, Truman Capote accounts for the murder of the Clutter family, residing in Holcomb, Kansas, and the events that followed. The mode of development includes Gothic themes and motifs to make the audience question the roles of the protagonists and the antagonists, “Uh-huh. But you’ll have to kill me first”, said Perry to Dick when he proposed to rape Nancy Clutter; Capote also juxtaposes between different time periods to make the audience question what had really happened in the Clutter household. This work of “new-age journalism” continually asserts that Perry killed the Clutters, although scant evidence is produced. Capote’s target audience is the people who are part of the criminal justice system and psychologists. Capote is trying to prove that all people are inherently benevolent, but when they have had traumatic events occur in their past, they have injured psyches, thus attempting to explain the formerly inexplicable murders.
4. Self-Image-

“overly sensitive to…made fun of” pg 297

“He is quick…thing others say” pg 297
The dynamic partnership between Dick and Perry stems from their egos, or lack thereof. Perry is especially self-conscious, and his behavior as presented in the book is due to his sense of lacking and
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